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Most Valuable International Artwork: 201stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,053rdRudest Citizens: 4,089th
The Yellow And Holy Nationstates of
New York Times Democracy
We will watch from the shadows.
Magnus Veinheim
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Population810 million

CapitalNew Paradise
LeaderMagnus Veinheim


The Yellow And Holy Nationstates of Megistos is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Magnus Veinheim with a fair hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, digital currency, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 810 million Megistians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Paradise. The average income tax rate is 38.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Megistian economy, worth 143 trillion Freys a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 177,147 Freys, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate, and unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Megistos's national animal is the Pegasus, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Megistos is ranked 64,738th in the world and 890th in 10000 Islands for Most Influential, scoring 290 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 201stTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,053rdRudest Citizens: 4,089thMost Secular: 5,056thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,281stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,361stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,234thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,667thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,685thHighest Average Incomes: 8,825thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,034thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,849thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 11,185thSmartest Citizens: 11,870thLargest Retail Industry: 14,548thLargest Black Market: 14,788thMost Efficient Economies: 15,985thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,405thMost Developed: 16,645thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,436thMost Inclusive: 17,811thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,865thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,475thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19,580thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,061stMost Advanced Public Education: 21,684th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 67th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 75th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 80th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 80th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 82nd in the regionMost Secular: 93rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 101st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 108th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 113th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 123rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 135th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 136th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 137th in the region

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